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Plott Hound Breed Summary

Intelligent, Independent, Stubborn, Energetic and Loyal

These guys first came about in the Mountains of Western North Carolina and are an 'All American' dog. They are discussed as being very unique Coonhounds and their ancestors include the Hanoverian Schweisshundens, a type of bloodhound. It is said that five Hanoverian Schweisshundens accompanied the German immigrant, Johanne George Plott, into Western Carolina in 1750. From these five dogs, and potential mixing from other breeds, the Plott Hound came about. These guys were bred to hunt, protect the home, drive livestock and keep their family's children safe. Nowadays though, you are more likely to see them serving as search and rescue dogs and as pets. They became a recognized breed in 1946 and became the official state dog of North Carolina in 1989!

Kennel Club Group Hound
Lifespan 12 - 14 years
Height (at the withers) Males 20in - 25in, Females 20in - 23in
Weight Males 50lb - 60lb, Females 40lb - 55lb
Coat Glossy and dense
Color Brindle or Black
Eye color Brown or Hazel
Common health issues Gastric Torsion
Other Names Plott, Plott Cur

These dogs can be quite a lot to handle and need to be brought up by an experienced hand, so they're not the best breed for first time owners. They can be extremely stubborn which is a result of their independence, a common trait in hounds. This breed therefore must be trained with a lot of patience and positive reinforcement. Once they are trained properly and have matured, they make fantastic family pets due to their intelligence and loyalty to their owners. They have very long-lasting memories and will never forget if someone does them wrong. They can get bored very easily so need lots of physical and mental stimulation to stop them from becoming destructive. Their high energy also means they need lots of exercise and would best suit a family who already lead an active lifestyle.

Unique among the six American Kennel Club coonhound breeds, Plotts are descended not from English Foxhounds but from German “Hanover hounds.” In 1750, a German immigrant named Johannes Plott arrived in North Carolina. Accompanying him were five Hanover hounds he brought from the old country. Plott settled in the mountains, where he raised a family and hunted bears with his hounds. His son, Henry, bred the family pack to local stock and produced a big-game hunter known as Plott’s hound, then the Plott Hound, and finally the Plott.